Friday, May 15, 2009

Salvador Dali


thesecretlivesofcats said...

I've always liked Dali and his images, even though he gets clowned a lot for his extrovert nature/commercial aspirations. He seemed to be a threat and a bother to the other surrealists, but they begrudgingly included him because he was so popular. You've probably seen this but it's cute:

Who is your favorite of the surrealist bunch?

Jacques de Beaufort said...

oh yeah, I seen that.

I Like them all except Breton.

Tanguy, Ernst, DiChirico, Dali, Kay Sage, DortheaTanning

There's some really awesome footage in the vid if you can make into about an hour.

thesecretlivesofcats said...

That crazy Avida Dollars. I like the giraffe in the crypt.

Well, there ya go for all his far fetched antics and promiscuity, he really just loved his wife and Catalonia. Gala was the quiet business part of his enabler/handler. The Brian Wilson Model of being an artist always frightens me, but I will admit to not having a business head.

I have to give a shout out to Paul Delvaux. There's some commentary about the abnormality or alienation one feels when looking at really beautiful stuff I get from his work. He's no Vanessa Beecroft though.

Did you think Breton was a windbag?

Jacques de Beaufort said...

hmm, i can see how you would like Delvaux. He's sort of like Mike Kelley combined with Balthus...akward uncanny figures, very outsiderish, overtones of Henri Rousseau. He would fit right in with some Chelsea art of the last few years.

Breton is just a dictator.

thesecretlivesofcats said...

Oh you have my number. I've been in LA to long, but I don't want to go to Chelsea.

One of the things Man Ray said in that doc was that it seemed like this fertile free time, but it wasn't, everybody was painfully scrutinizing each other , which isn't always a bad thing...that is when they're cooking with Crisco and not just doing minimal dots arrangements and Photoshop poster collages.